Conshohocken's 401 Diner Set to Become Nirvana BYOB

PLUS: Le Bec Fin’s final chef de cuisine Steven Eckerd transfers to Harleysville’s Mainland Inn, Dîner en Blanc returns to Philly, and more.

Indian Summer

Nabin Chhantyal, former owner of East Norriton’s Aman’s Indian Cuisine, has acquired Conshohocken’s 401 Diner, turning it into Nirvana, a modern Indian BYOB. Chef Jagmeet Singh has remained true to 401’s roots by offering classic diner fare for breakfast and lunch, but the dinner menu is loaded with fresh twists on the cuisine of his homeland.

Inventive Suds

McKenzie Brew House alum and Great American Beer Festival award-winner Scott Morrison has taken over as head brewer at Lafayette Hill’s new Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery. His house beers will focus on rare and eclectic styles not “readily available in the Philly market.” Expect a grand opening sometime this summer.

Inn Awakening

Hot on the heels of Le Bec Fin’s inauspicious demise last month, its final chef de cuisine Steven Eckerd, has reappeared in the kitchen of Harleysville’s Mainland Inn, which has reinvented itself as a farm-to-table fine dining establishment.

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Paris Pop-Up

Next month, Dîner en Blanc reappears in Philadelphia for its second year. Of Parisian origin and inspiration, the impromptu dinner party will be held at a public location announced just minutes before the event. Last year, it was Logan Circle. To get in on this summer’s event, sign up for the mailing list at

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